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Aug 21, 2013 5:00pm EDT
policy is working, given the death rate continues, and that assad has allegedly used chemical weapons again? >> right now, they're actually happens to be a united nations chemical weapons investigative team on the ground in syria. they were just granted access to the country yesterday, i believe. given the reports we have seen overnight about what may or may not have taken place in syria, we think it is important for that investigative team to be given access to that area. the assad regime, when presented with evidence that chemical weapons had been used in their country, have said that they are interested in a credible investigation to get to the bottom of what has happened. it is time for them to live up to that claim. if they actually are interested in getting to the bottom of the use of chemical weapons and whether or not that has occurred in syria, and they will allow the investigative team that is already in syria to access the site where chemical weapons may have been used. it will allow them unfettered access to eyewitnesses, or even those who were affected by the weapons. it
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 6:00am EDT
place in the last 24 hours. if president assad is intelligent and i don't think he is intelligent would basically give his consent for the u.n. inspectors to basically reach the scene or provide them with the means to reach the scene and basically verify that chemical weapons or gas was used. but my take on it was, assad would say it's too dangerous to reach al guta and we don't want to reveal our war plans and foreigners including u.s. inspectors. >> there is an argument that must be put out there, why would the government use chemical weapons at a time when the u.n. security weapons experts are inside the country looking at past allegation of chemical weapons use? >> first of all, you're raising a very important question and which would really have started with your question. we do not have independent information confirming the use of gas in alguta, even though we have the claims by the opposition and the counterclaims by the assad government. i still think the burden of proof lies with the assad government. regardless whether gas was used or not, you have a massacre, the largest cas
Aug 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
holes. bashar al-assad is also a shiite. people here are proud to display their loyalty to the syrian regime. jeans, a shop that sells and has his own factory. cure --ting intensified here. the young father shows me what he has been shot at with. i asked what they are. mortars and be seven grenades, 7 grenades, he says. and these are just a few examples, he says. during every firefight, 300 or more are fired at them. in 2008, his brother was shot. the area was sealed off. there is no hospital here. by the time the family got his brother out, he had bled to death. he says that since the spread of fundamentalism, he has become scared. he tells us he is a leading member of the arab democratic arty, that supports assad and is party, that supports assad and is hated by islamists. he says people here are mistrustful of strangers. to us, it seems like a prison. but he says he would rather die here then leave. he won't tell us whether he joins in the fighting himself. he use any means necessary to defend himself and his family. he tells us the fighting is often prompted by events in syria. wh
Aug 22, 2013 12:35am EDT
the confusions are, a serious escalation. >> they continue to pressure the assad regime. we see indications that the assad regime is feeling the pressure, but you're right, it has not resulted in the pressure we would like to see, that assad is removed from power. >> reporter: but the white house has said that before. almost a year to the day, president obama warned syria not to cross a red line. >> we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start to see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being used. that would change my calculus. >> reporter: the estimated casualties in today's suspected attack far exceed previous suspected chemical attacks linked to assad's government. the most deadly of which was in march, when at least 30 were killed. >> it is a matter of cooperation. >> reporter: but so far, u.s. aid to syrian rebels has been slow to come. what kind of military aid is getting to syria from the u.s. right now? >> on the u.s. military side, the department of defense, besides the assistance
Aug 22, 2013 9:00am EDT
claims president assad's government unleashed a barrage of surface to surface rockets filled with poison gas on at least ten villages outside damascus on wednesday. if verified, it would be a chemical attack on a scale the world has not seen since 1988 when saddam hussein gassed thousands of iraqi kurds. rebels say about a third of the dead are children. nbc news has not verified the images. the syrian government deny using chemical weapons altogether. it's been two years since president obama first called for assad to go. saying the type has come for president assad to step aside. it's been a year since he warned syria that there would be consequences for using chemical weapons. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us. and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. >> those consequences have not materialized so far. and the president's critics on syria are getting louder. >> where does this stop? when does the united states,
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Aug 22, 2013 12:00am EDT
assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. >> that was president obama one year and one day ago clearly laying out that the use of the chemical weapons by the syrian government against its own people would cross a red line for his administration. well, today there are multiple reports that the syrian regime carried out a toxic gas attack this week. while the government is denying it used chemical weapons, earlier today the white house was asked directly what it would take for america to use military force. >> so far in syria more than 100,000 people have been killed. that's effectively like wiping out the whole city of south bend, indiana. how many more people need to die before the u.s. does employ some force beyond the humanitarian aid we're providing before there is a u.s. military use of force? >> peter, what the president does is he is a setsing the national security interests of the united states of america, and that's exactly what
Aug 23, 2013 4:00pm PDT
we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the assad regime on a large scale. >> 40 people are killed and hundreds wounded after two car explosions ripped through the lebanese city of tripoli. one photographer shows us the many ways in which martin luther king is portrayed across the u.s.. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and all and around the globe. a big event of grave concern, that is how president obama has described the alleged chemical attack outside of damascus earlier this week. the british foreign secretary has said in no uncertain terms that his government leaves that syrian regime attacked its own people. even russia has joined calls for leading you when inspectors investigate. letting you when .nvestigators in >> treating the injured from the alleged chemical attack in the damascus suburbs. adults and children, frantic medical workers. still unverified, but this new footage is from a syrian filmmaker. more tales of what exactly happened in a small hours of wednesday morning. of myfather, mother, all sisters and brothers come at least 50 neighb
Aug 22, 2013 6:30pm PDT
could be swayed if russia was not so firmly standing behind the assad regime at the moment. there really is no indication for russia changing its standpoint in the security council. as you know, russia has a veto there, so without russia, nothing can be done. prime example on wednesday when the security council was unable even to formulate a written press statement, so no expectations here from the united nations to do something about the situation in syria, at the moment, at least. >> as always, thank you very much. we want to stay with serious -- syria for a moment. those pictures of rooms full of dead bodies, the strongest evidence yet that chemical weapons are being used. >> but how reliable are those images, and just who is responsible? >> images circulating on the internet are shocking, and authentic, they are evidence of war crimes. an alleged chemical attack on civilians with hundreds killed. what they do not show is who is responsible for the assault. observers point to the possible perpetrators. first, the government. the assad regime has a huge arsenal of chemical weapo
Aug 23, 2013 6:00am PDT
bashar al assad fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons at their stronghold in a suburb of damascus. they say the attack killed hundreds of people. government officials say the claims are absolutely baseless. u.n. inspectors are already in syria to look into previous incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. but the assad administration hasn't allowed them to investigate the latest case. ban ki-moon has instructed top u.s. armament officials to press the government for full cooperation. >>> u.s. government officials are also urging syrian authorities to grant u.n. inspectors full access. >> if the regime has nothing to do with these attacks, if there was not a use of chemical weapons here, there's no reason they wouldn't let the u.n. team that is on the ground, available, happy to investigate in to do just that. >> people around the world are demanding to know the truth about the use of chemical weapons. masaaki iwaki, a former commander in japan's self-defense force and a specialist in these weapons, tells us what the visual evidence indicates and what kind of research is necessar
Aug 22, 2013 4:00am PDT
morning. good to be with you. i'm an marie green. opponents of syrian government bashar al assad say they attacked rebel held positions near damascus this morning. this follows yesterday's chemical attack. scores appear to be killed but it's impossible to get an accurate toll. the syrian government denies using chemical weapons, but video appears to show people in the aftermath suffering from telltale signs of a chemical attack. we're warning, some of the images we are about to show you are graphic and they are disturbing. jurica duncan has our report. >> reporter: syrian claim the g bombed the same areas where an alleged chemical weapons attack took place yesterday. the grisly images posted to youtube yesterday showed men, women, children either dying or alreay dead. rebels say chemical weapons killed as many as 1300. cbs news cannot confirm the videos but experts tell us they appear to support the opposition's claims. >> these people have died from some unconventional weapon and at the moment the most likely explanation will be some sort of chemical weapon. >> reporter: syria's informat
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Aug 22, 2013 10:00pm EDT
chemical weapon attacks by president assad forces. the united nations has taken up the issue with no word of any response as yet. the u.s. state deparent contradicted themselves today on whether syria has chemical weapons. general jack kne is here to assess the situation. also tonight the nasdaq halting trading for more than three hours today. it still remains silent on what stopped the second largest exchange in its tracks. the s&p chief equity strategist joins us. the department of jusce by after the state of texas again. attorney general eric colder determined to allow voting nationwide without requiring identification. kansas secretary of state among our guests here tonight to say why the integrity of our electoral system must be preserved. and the end of the road is near for the self-procimed hugger. san diego mayor. and bradley manning wants to be called chelsea as it pursues taxpayer funded gender reassignment therapy from is leavenworth prison cell. the "a-team" takes up all that and a great deal more. we begin with another possible reason that the president's foreign policy
Aug 21, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. the opposition says poison gas was used in more than 1300 people killed. bashar assad's government has denied the claims. julia seger has more. >> civilians are shown covering their faces and dozens of bodies lying on the floor of a hospital. the pictures were allegedly shot after the syrian regime launched an attack ad against rebel held areas in the capital city. france 24 was not able to verify the footage. it was claim chemical weapons were used in the bombings. >> it is obvious to us that chemical weapons were used and carried out using ballistic missiles. only the regime has that capability. >> contacted by france 24, the syrian observatory for human rights could not directly confirm the report. >> we have documented the 10th airstrike by the syrian air force on one of the towns were activists reported the use of poisonous gas injuring hundreds of people as a result. we have not been able to verify or get all the names but we have seen video documentation. >> syrian authorities probably denied the charges. a military spokesman accused foreign news channels of manipulating pub
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Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm PDT
. >> well, it has been, and we are in a circumstance where the assad regime is still in power. you have a large segment of the international community against them. >> reporter: in june, they believed assad's forces already used chemical weapons several times. today's revelations put the president's team back on defense. >> the president made clear the line was crossed, we expanded the scope and scale of aid, that's on-going. we continued to consider all options. all options remain on the table. >> reporter: john mccain complained about there being no stick behind the rhetoric, tweeting no consequence for assad using chemical weapons and crossing red line. we shouldn't be surprised he's using them again. going back to the start of the crisis in egypt, key players like secretary of state john kerry struggled to get a handle on it. on august 1st, after the egyptian military had already started killing islamist protesters, kerry told go news in pakistan the egyptian military was restoring democracy. >> the military did not take over to the best of our judgment so far, so far, to run t
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Aug 21, 2013 6:00pm EDT
has been a year. >> well, it has been, and we are in a circumstance where the assad regime is still in power. you have a large segment of the international community against them. >> reporter: in june, they believed assad's forces already used chemical weapons several times. today's revelations put the president's team back on defense. >> the president made clear the line was crossed, we expanded the scope and scale of aid, that's on-going. we continued to consider all options. all options remain on the table. >> reporter: john mccain complained about there being no stick behind the rhetoric, tweeting no consequence for assad using chemical weapons and crossing red line. we shouldn't be surprised he's using them again. going back to the start of the crisis in egypt, key players like secretary of state john kerry struggled to get a handle on it. on august 1st, after the egyptian military had already started killing islamist protesters, kerry told go news in pakistan the egyptian military was restoring democracy. >> the military did not take over to the best of our judgment so far, so fa
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
assad regime but also other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized that would change my calculus, now mike has more on the white house reaction to these developments. >> reporter: the president famous lay laid down that red line, if assad was to use chemical weapons and deploy them in the civil war in syria the red line would be crossed there would be serious repercussions as a matter of fact, earlier this spring, the united states suspected that is exactly what happened hand. they sent their own inspectors from the military intelligent community in to syria and verified that assad had, in fact, deployed those weapons in the ongoing civil war. what did they do? they went to congress, they sought authorization to sends some small munitions to the syrian opposition. that has taken a while. everybody to this day, many syrians in the opposition saying they are not getting the small munitions that his they ask for. contrast that with this time. the white house says that they are going to leave it u
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Aug 23, 2013 6:00pm EDT
whether the u.s. military will use cruise missiles to punish syrian president bashar al assad yet the president has been talking tough for a long time and has only sent u.s. aid since one year ago this week when he vowed enormous consequences if syria crossed that red line. republicans like john mccain have charged the red line is really just a green light for assad and later in the cnn interview, the president was cautious about stronger u.s. intervention. >> sometimes what we've seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff, that does not turn out well. gets us mired in very difficult situations. >> reporter: the president was responding to a question about both syria and egypt where the military government has rejected american calls for stop the violence. >> we have to think through what is going to be in long-term national interest even as we work cooperatively internationally to do everything we can to put pressure on those who would kill innocent civilians. >> that reference to working through the united nations leads conservatives to believe the preside
Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm EDT
. they would run the risk of triggering even more chemical weapons use. if the assad government thought butas going down in flames, i agree there is no pressure for president obama to get involved in another war in the middle east. he is determined to avoid reaction. >> would an attempt to avoid be possible and affect it? i think it is extremely unlike leave. wheres. has some ideas of there is reduction. even under the best circumstances you would only get a percentage of the weapons. syrian airround the force, but that would not stop the syrian government from doing other means of delivery. would these images change political calculation? thisey are horrified by terrible civil war, but i do not isthe public at large interested in this experience in iraq and afghanistan without much to show for it. --t i think is like lee likely is the white house will provide -- step up to equipment. >> egypt president mubarak will in hours. he was sentenced to life in , but judges accepted his appeal. >> for a lifetime he commanded egypt, but he has been behind bars. the relics of the revoluti
Aug 21, 2013 2:30pm PDT
america and around the globe. today the opposition in theory claims the government of bashar al-assad killed hundreds of people in a chemical attack. photographs online show multiple casualties, including children. the un security council held an the meeting. a warning this report contains disturbing and upsetting images. >> just before don something terrible has happened in a damascus suburb. all the signs of a massive chemical attack. they bring in victim after victim. they are cap for breath. some have convulsions. breath.are cast in for -- gasping for breath. in the hospital it is chaos in the rush to help survivors. tooe are other pictures shocking to show. outside more big m sunrise. arrives.s some are children. treated on the pavement. medics worked on children. baby to respond. this child, he says, what have they done to be shelled? what happened confirmed the failure of the united nations. emerged of thes apparent atrocity, britain's secretary was one of the first to call for an investigation. damascus was quick to deny it was responsible. a shocking escalation of the use of
Aug 23, 2013 5:30pm EDT
. we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the assad regime on a large scale. bewould like the u.n. to able to assess that. >> this is not the only one. yesterday, turkey declared that all red lines have been crossed. france warned that fault may be needed. also assessing this as really troublesome. why is the american president weighing his words so carefully? once he gives the u.s. verdict, he faces a quandary. does he hold back from action? does he order the use of first -- the use of force, potentially making the crisis deeper? lashed out against what they called a wave of anti- syrian propaganda. they blamed rebel fighters for making the area where the attack took place to unsafe for you when inspectors to visit. the mains conference, syrian opposition coalition was swift to deny that. >> we have issued a statement committing to the safety and security of the when inspectors. we guarantee their safety and security, we want them to come in, we wanted the evidence to show, and we will do whatever it takes to protect them. this is apparently found in the vicinity and it may d
Aug 19, 2013 12:30pm PDT
country. meanwhile, with every day of violence, hatred between those who support president assad and those who want to topple him continues to grow. thousands of islamists have also come into syria from outside to fight against assad's forces. among them radicalized young for example, a fundamentalist group in belgium has been recruiting dozens of youth in recent months. >> before he disappeared, brian destroyed pictures of himself. his mother has just a few left. this one, taken a month before her son vanished, shows the young man holding his niece in his arms. >> he disappeared in the middle of the night. i don't know why. no goodbye, nothing. and for six months i haven't heard from him. it makes me so sad to lose my son like this, my only son, who i love so much. >> brian is now thought to be fighting in syria. he's one of some 80 belgians who have joined the islamist group. like more moderate syrian groups, they want to topple the assad regime. hundreds of young muslims from europe have followed its call. on this internet video brian is the youth who seems uncertain about where t
Al Jazeera America
Aug 23, 2013 3:00am EDT
continue to sit by passively while assad continues to use chemical weapons against his own people we only provide encouragement to other brutal governments. but there is little indication of u.s. action for now. president obama was talking about education, not syria. conveying only through his deputy press secretary that the u.s. is appalled by the reports of widespread killings. >> reporter: it's been a year since president obama said any use of chemical weapons in syria would constitute a red line being crossed. but since there have been fresh reports of chemical weapons being used in syria there has been no comments from the white house, instead only suggestions that the syrian government cooperate and give the united nations chemical inspection team access to the sites where it's believed chemical attacks occurred. al jazeera, washington. >> we have the professor of middle east studies in washington, d.c. he said the u.s. mouth take action to prevent similar attacks in the future. >> it is an absolute shame that the international community continues to debate this after chemical weapo
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 11:00am EDT
airstrikes to take out the air capabilities of the assad regime. he said it's been two years since the president, president obama, first call for assad to go. keep the lid on that if you take out assad's assets. no good answers at the white house. >> quite frankly, senator mccains point, it seems putin. >> thank you very much. president obama is on a bus tour. we have presidents of the presie pictures of the president and one of affordable. this is happening shortly. young people prepping for college, the president will be speaking and we'll follow that for you. >>> we'll move on to another story. there are several wildfires burning, so far fire officials say there has been minimal property damage in the yosemite fire. there have been closure of roads leading into the park, it's only 5% contained. >>> a chance of parole heat after admitting killing afghan civilians. we hear about the state of mind of army sergeant robert bales. plus living his life as a woman. the extreme measures a soldier wanting to through after being convicted of releasing classified government documents on wik
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Aug 21, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. >> white house officials are throwing the book at syria and its president, assad, calling the actions deplorable. the problem for the president right now is it was one year ago yesterday actually, one year ago yesterday, at a news conference at the white house, the president laid down what he called a red line. if chemical weapons were used or spread by assad, it would be a game-changer and suggested there would be massive action. >> we've been very clear to the assad regime and other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moved around or utilized. that would change my equation. >> reporter: the president went on at the news conference to say if that red line was crossed there would be enormous consequences for syria. the administration a couple months ago said the red line was crossed and at least one occasion chemical weapons were used. this time we don't have confirmation whether or not chemical weapons were used. there are stuff statements by the u.s. and other governments and he said that there's been aid sent by
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Aug 23, 2013 4:00am EDT
national security agency is spying on innocent americans. in syria, allegations that the assad regime is using poison gas to kill civilians including children. this tape, amateur video obtained by the associated press, shows mass chaos following an alleged chemical gas attack. you can see the victims being brought into the hospital on stretchers. as you know, president obama said the usa would punish syria if its leader assad used poison gas. dennis kucinich joins us, now a fox news analyst. the reason we didn't cover this story yesterday when it broke is because we have suspicions about the video. i think you do, too, correct? >> right. >> bill: okay. the video might be planted trying to get the usa to directly intervene against assad. may or may not be true. let's assume that it is true. let's assume that the cia verifies -- it's not hard to do. you go into the hospital, you find out if these people were gassed. you can do that in three hours. all right? let's assume that it is true. gas is being used by the assad regime. the president has said it's not going to stand. what would yo
Aug 23, 2013 9:00am PDT
burden of proof lies on assad shoulders. he can convince the people by allowing u.n. inspectors who are already in damascus, you have a strong u.n. team to visit and grant access to his part of the eastern part of damascus in order to verify whether chemical weapons or gas were used a few days ago. >> i'm going to interrupt. we have fred back on the phone from syria. the russian government, which is perhaps the strongest patron of the assad regime has called on assad to allow the inspectors to go and see these sites. do you have any indication that the u.n. inspectors will be allowed to go into those areas from the officials you're talking to? >> in is a lot of pressure on the syrian government officials. it doesn't seem as though yet were very close to them being allowed into the area. it's very difficult for the u.n. inspectors to work with the syrian authorities. on the other hand there are these safety concerns that people always talk about. the fact they would obviously be crossing a front line to get to these places and they have to negotiate with both sides to get in. what we
Aug 22, 2013 3:00pm PDT
allegations of chemical weapons attacks by the assad regime proved true. >> ( translated ): if it is confirmed, france's position is that there must be a reaction. not sending troops on the ground. not only, of course, of international condemnation, but a reaction that could take the shape of the use of force. >> warner: the united nation's security council met in emergency session yesterday to discuss the incident that reportedly killed over a hundred syrian citizens, including women and children wednesday morning. it called for a thorough investigation of the attack, but stopped short of demanding syria let u.n. inspectors on the ground visit site. but today, a spokesman for secretary general ban ki moon said the u.n. chief has called on the syrian government to grant the team access. >> the secretary-general now calls for the mission, presently in damascus, to be granted permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident which occurred on the morning of the 21st of august 2013. a formal request is being sent by the united nations to the government of syria in this regard. he expects
Aug 23, 2013 7:00pm EDT
bashir al assad and they've put missiles in syria which would make it really tough to have a no-fly zone, but let's put that aside. i think the educated guess from washington is, larry, no going it alone. no going it without some kind of a legal cover and absolutely no rush by president obama to make a decision. back to you. >> no rush. thank you, steve handelsman. thank you ever so much. >> welcome my free market friday panel. i'm going ask you, are you satisfied with president obama's situation in syria so far. here hoo is for the rest of the hour is aldin. did i get it right? >> roy, senior fellow at the manhattan institute and my good friend mark simone. >> ahmed, what do you -- what do you want obama to do? before we get into the prognostication of what he will do, what do you want him to do? >> i want obama to actually put his money where his mouth is. i want him to stop the empty rhetoric now for two and a half years. he's been speaking and his words have gotten ahead of him -- his actions as well. i mean, come on in august 2011 we all saw he called for president bashar al as
Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
president bashar al assad with casualties from 100 to more than 1,200. the latter figure if confirmed would amount to one of the greatest war crimes of the past several decades. nbc news cannot verify the authenticity of the amateur video we are about to show you. it purports to show victims of the attacks and contains images of injured adults and children that may be considered disturbing. >> reporter: this morning syrian rebels tell us there was a series of what they claim were chemical weapons attacks. ten villages at least it to the east and north of damascus hit by what rebels say were surface to surface missiles fired by the regime and tipped with chemical weapons. the death toll well over 1,000. symptoms before death, witnesses tell us, were shortness of breath, constricted pupils, foaming at the mouth. we've seen videos posted online showing many women and children among the dead. the syrian government has denied categorically that it was responsible for this attack, denied that it used chemical weapons. >> that was nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel reporting,
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